For the second weekend in a row, ESPN 300 prospect Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) was in Athens on an unofficial visit. Just like his last trip revealed, Langley was now being courted by two coaching staffs at Georgia.
The basketball coaches got first crack at impressing the two-sport athlete on Saturday.
“This trip was very similar to a football visit but of course it was focusing on what life would be like if I played basketball too,” Langley said. “I got a chance to see all of the facilities and I really liked Stegman Coliseum. I spent some time with Coach Mark Fox and Coach Philip Pearson. I did not get to go into too much depth because they had another guy there on an official visit for basketball.”
The basketball coaches reiterated that they would use Langley the entire year if he redshirted for football, but if he played on the football team as a freshman they would have him come in on his off days.
“They told me again they only had two point guards, so that is where I come into play,” Langley said. “I would rather earn playing time as a freshman in football though because I know I can work my way up on the basketball team.”
Having an opportunity to possibly contribute on the court as well as the gridiron intrigues the four-star prospect, and it is something the Georgia staff handled quite differently than South Carolina.
“The basketball aspect has definitely piqued my interest,” Langley said. “I think now that I am showing a little more interest, Georgia is recruiting me a bit harder now that they know basketball is something I want to do. I mentioned it to South Carolina a couple of times, but they never really followed up with anything about it. That is what I liked about Georgia. I mentioned to Coach (Todd) Grantham that I am interested in playing basketball and the next day I heard from Coach (Mark) Fox. I liked the thought of it, but I think I appreciated it even more the effort he made in that regard.”
Langley also took in the football game Saturday night between Georgia and Vanderbilt. Langley admits he could have traveled to South Carolina last weekend, but he wanted to see how Georgia would do against the Commodores. He was not prepared for what he witnessed.
“Me being a South Carolina commit, I thought it was just because they were playing teams they were kind of expected to dominate the way they did,” Langley said. “But Georgia beat the heck out of Vanderbilt, and the Commodores are not a bad team this year. And Georgia just demolished them. I wanted to see if the Bulldogs were the real deal and they proved to me that they were. Then they did it against an SEC opponent, so I am looking forward to seeing Georgia the rest of the year, especially against South Carolina.”
Langley was able to speak briefly with offensive line coach Will Friend, secondary coach Scott Lakatos, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and head coach Mark Richt. Last week he mentioned the coaches told him if he and ESPN 150 running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) committed, that Georgia would be done recruiting for the 2013 class. He clarified what the staff in Athens meant.
“I am pretty sure they meant me and Alvin Kamara would fill their needs at the skill positions, because they obviously are still in it for some big time defensive and offensive linemen,” Langley said.
While he remains committed to the Gamecocks, Langley left open not only the possibility of visiting Georgia for the third week in a row, but also spending a fourth weekend in Athens later this year.
“I was thinking I will not take my official to Georgia this weekend, but I might come for an unofficial visit early and leave early so I can make it to homecoming,” Langley said. “I will still give Georgia an official.”